OPen-source Automated Library System
OPALS Open-source Automated Library System is a powerful cooperatively developed, Web-based, open source program. This alternative technology provides Internet access to information databases, library collections and digital archives. Many school, college, research, business, religious and library union catalogs (that provide ILL services) use OPALS. There is no need to install software or purchase expensive computer hardware or software licenses to implement this powerful, turnkey Internet accessible system. The “total cost of ownership” of this standards-based, Web-based, feature rich software is demonstrably and undeniably sustainable.
We can host and maintain OPALS on our servers or we can work with your staff to install and support it at your site. Experienced programmers and technical support staff update and maintain the program, giving this open source initiative a responsive support framework that is essential for institutions that serve the public. “Perceptions 2010: An International Survey of Library Automation” published by “Library Technology Guides” lists OPALS among the top two ILS programs for system, company and customer support satisfaction.
The best way to determine whether OPALS is a good fit for your library is to experience it in the familiar context of your library’s data. Our staff can set up an evaluation site into which we can upload your library’s MARC bibliographic records. In most cases, these sites are ready for you to evaluate within 24 hours. During the evaluation period, you will be able to try all of the system’s features and have access to OPALS support staff.
Check our Demo site to learn more about OPALS and to experience all of its features.
Media Flex supports OPALS in the United States. There are no license fees for OPALS and reasonably priced subscription fees and Internet hosting services provide funding for the outstanding support and computer engineering staff..
Bibliofiche provides support & services to Canadian and international libraries.
If you are a New York State School Library System member, the following NYS BOCES School Library Systems also offer CoSers & OPALS hosting services:
- Broome-Tioga SLS, Cayuga-Onondaga SLS
- Clinton-Essex-Warren-Washington SLS
- Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES SLS
- Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Ostego SLS
- Dutchess BOCES SLS
- Eastern Suffolk BOCES SLS
- Franklin-Essex-Hamilton SLS
- Jefferson-Lewis BOCES SLS
- Madison-Oneida BOCES SLS
- Nassau BOCES SLS
- Oneida/Herkimer BOCES SLS
- Oswego SLS
- Questar III SLS
- Rockland SLS
- St. Lawrence-Lewis SLS
- Southern Westchester SLS
- Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex SLS
- Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga SLS